Atlanta to deal Josh Smith before trade deadline?


According to ESPN‘s Chad Ford,

“Several GMs believe the Hawks won’t be able to keep Johnson ($18.5 million in 2011-12), Josh Smith ($12.5 million in 2011-12), Marvin Williams ($8 million in 2011-12) and Horford ($12 million in 2011-12) together past this season for financial reasons.”

After signing sharp-shooter Joe Johnson to the offseasons largest contract (six-year, $124 million) and officially agreeing to a contract extension with Al Horford, it is now apparent that the Hawks will have to make a move if they plan on a) staying under the luxury tax and b) re-signing Jamal Crawford or another player of his caliber during the 2011 offseason.

Last summer Smith’s name sprung about throughout the NBA as a potential trading piece and Chad Ford is reporting that “a number of GMs around the league expect his name to be in the mix by the February trade deadline.”

Atlanta is currently off to a 3-0 start on the season and will look to make it past the second round of the playoffs after getting swept in the second round during the last two postseasons.

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